BaxterStorey and Hayden Groves launch Back in the Saddle charity cook book

BaxterStorey and executive chef, Hayden Groves have launched a charity recipe book; Back in the Saddle. Inspired by an incredible challenge to raise money for Cure Leukaemia, the book is a culinary journey documenting the 10,403km cycle ride across Europe undertaken by Hayden and a team of four cyclists, including ex-England footballer Geoff Thomas.

The cycling team took on the Giro D’Italia, Tour de France and La Vuelta a Espana this summer and the book is a celebration of their mammoth achievement. Back in the Saddle is a book of recipes inspired by their journey across Italy, France and Spain, as well as a chronicle of the team’s experience, brought to life with spectacular imagery. 100% of proceeds from the book will go to the charity.

The book showcases 63 recipes, matching the number of days it took the team to complete the challenge – something that only [39] professionals have achieved. Recipes include Sardinian lemonade, mushroom arancini, Valencian-style paella, calçot onions with Romesco sauce and pana cotta with crystallised pistachios and blueberries.

Bake off winner Sophie Faldo assisting with some churro making

The book was launched at Borough Market to an excited crowd eager to sample some of the delicious recipes cooked up by Hayden at the demo kitchen. Amongst the crowd was 2017 Great British Bake Off winner Sophie Faldo, an avid cyclist herself who was happy to assist Hayden with some churro making.

Former England and Crystal Palace footballer Geoff Thomas also came along to show support to his Grand Tours team mate, and said of the book: “I’ve enjoyed reliving our Three Tours Challenge through this book! There are some delicious recipes and I urge people to go and buy it so that we can reach our goal of raising one million pounds for Cure Leukaemia in 2017.”

Hayden Groves, Executive Chef said: “ I’m delighted with how the book has turned out. It’s designed for home cooks of all levels and highlights the great produce from the regions we visited on the Three Tours Challenge.”

Cure Leukaemia’s CEO James McLaughlin said: “What the Three Tours Challenge team achieved this year is truly remarkable and this fantastic book will help reach an audience who perhaps were not aware of the challenge and the cause. To be receiving 100% of the proceeds is testament to the generosity of Hayden and BaxterStorey and every penny will go towards the expansion of the internationally significant Centre for Clinical Haematology at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The expanded Centre will immediately help save the lives of blood cancer patients and hasten global progress towards eradicating all forms of the disease within 25 years.”

Geoff Thomas and our CEO Noel Mahony

Back in the Saddle is available to buy online from

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